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Nepal Environmental Trek
Nepal Environmental
Treks & Expedition

Himlung Expedition

Duration
32 days
Max. Elevation
7126m
Group size
Min 1+
Level
ADVANCE
Transportation
Bus
Best Season
Autumn: SEP-OCT-NOV & Spring: MAR-APR-MAY
Accomodation
Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu. Camping & Lodge Accommodation during Expedition
Meals
3 Meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Starts at/ Ends at
Kathmandu / Kathmandu
Trip Route
{ Kathmandu - Bhulbhule - Chamje - Dharapani - Koto - Dharmashala - Kayang - Phu Village - Himlung Base Camp - Phu Valley - Meta - Koto - Besisahar - Kathmandu }

Highlights

Overview

Mount Himlung is rather a new expedition peak opened recently- 2001 to be precise. As a result, very few climbers have actually attempted to climb this mountain due to its remote location. The mountain itself is situated close to Nepal-Tibet border between Annapurna and Manaslu Himalayan ranges, and because of that, part of the journey to reach it will involve trekking through the classic Annapurna-Manaslu trail.

Himlung Himal is 7126m. tall and the last village accessible from the mountain is Phu Gaon (4080m). Total days required for climbing Himung including the trekking period is 32 days. The journey starts from Bhulbhule, the starting point of Annapurna Circuit Trek.

The partial highlight of this expedition is that you will get to enjoy majestic vistas of Annapurna and Manaslu Himalayan ranges, pass through peaceful and traditional Nepali villages and appreciate pristine wildlife and nature. Also, visit the quaint and unique Tibetan settlements, observe Tibetan-like culture and be amazed by the ruins of medieval palaces.

You will have to trek for at least seven days to reach the base camp that will be set up at 4800m. Around 8 days will be spent to reach the summit and return to the base camp. The mountain is a bit technical to climb. The trail is a mixture of snow, ice and rock with some steep faces and crevasses. Rope fixing, using ice axe and foot timing will be required to climb Mt. Himlung.

With Nepal Environmental Treks & Expedition, you will get all the support you need to make this expedition successful. The expedition will be operated and led by our experienced Sherpa climbers and guides. You will have plenty of time to learn mountaineering skills in the base camp that will be useful for you to make a successful attempt of the Himlung summit. The organizing of the expedition will be done on full board basis with full base camp service including all climbing equipment.

Important Note

Note: There are different categories of Hotels in Kathmandu ranging from budget to 5 star hotels. We are happy to arrange your hotel accommodation in Kathmandu as per your interest and budget. Please inform us in advance about the type or category or price range of hotel that you would like to stay in. 

Trip Itinerary

On your arrival at Kathmandu International Airport. Our representative will then take you to your hotel. If time prevails, you will visit office for paperwork. Stay overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu. 

Max. altitude

1400m

Accomodation

Hotel

Today, you will visit popular world heritage monuments in Kathmandu including Kathmandu Durbar Square, Boudhanath, Swoyambhunath, and Pashupatinath. Alternatively, you can also choose Bhakatapur and Patan sightseeing. By late afternoon, you will drive back to your hotel. Stay overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Max. altitude

1400m

Accomodation

Hotel

Meals

Breakfast

Final preparation day in Kathmandu for expedition. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Max. altitude

1400m

Accomodation

Hotel

Meals

Breakfast

After early morning breakfast, our guide will pick you up from the hotel and take you to the bus station. Drive from Kathmandu to Bhulbhule (840m.) via Besisahar, takes about eight hours. During the drive you will follow Trisuli and Marshyangdi Rivers passing through several villages and you will enjoy views of green hills and snowcapped mountains. From Kathmandu to Besisahar is paved road and from there to Bhulbule is graveled. Stay overnight at lodge.

Max. altitude

840m

Accomodation

Lodge

Meals

BLD

Trek from Bhulbhule to Chamje (1410m.) takes about seven hours.  Ahead the Marshyangdi valley forms a steep V-shape. Follow the winding mountain path down to Syange (1100m) and then climb steeply through sheer cliff-face some 200-300m above the riverbed. From here it is a few ups and downs before you reach Chamje. Stay overnight at lodge.

Max. altitude

1410m

Accomodation

Lodge

Meals

BLD

Trek from Chamje (1410m.) to Dharapani (1960m.) takes about six hours. The first part of the trail descends to the Marshyangdi river at which point cross a suspension bridge and make a steep climb to Sattale (1550m.). From here descend to a grassy riverbank that leads to the village of Tal (1700m.) where you will find hotels and teahouses. Beyond Tal, the valley narrows and the path follows winding cliffs. You will pass through the small village of Karte (1900m.) and cross a suspension bridge as you approach the Mani entrance to Dharapani (1960m.).  Stay overnight at lodge.

Max. altitude

1960m

Accomodation

Lodge

Meals

BLD

Trek from Dharapani to Koto (2675m.) takes about five hours. You trek gradual ascent path and cross a stream to reach Koto. The mountain views you can enjoy are of Annapurna II, Manaslu range and beautiful views of forests on the way add another dimension to your trek. Koto is a small village mainly inhabited by Gurung and others. Their life style is mainly influenced by Buddhist Tibetans. Stay overnight in camp or lodge. 

Max. altitude

2675m

Accomodation

Lodge

Meals

BLD

Trek from Koto to Dharmashala (3550m.) takes about six hours. You cross the river leading to the Nar Phu valleys and hike up through beautiful woods above the Phu Khola. The route takes you through some beautiful woods and past several small caves, and a pilgrims’ Dharmashala. After you emerge out of a narrow canyon, the trail actually passes under a wide waterfall just before the Dharmashala, from where the woods become thinner and the vistas wider. Stay overnight in camp.

Max. altitude

3550m

Accomodation

Lodge

Meals

BLD

Trek from Dharmashala to Kayang (3740m.) takes about six and half hours.  A steep climb up the valley along a small, scenic river brings you finally to high pastures on a 3,200m plateau. You pass by e scenic Kharka of Meta, 3560m, a non permanent winter settlement of Nar, where you are likely to share the trail with a few yaks! This morning is one of the loveliest walks in the Himalayas. Stay overnight in camp.

Max. altitude

3740m

Accomodation

Camp

Meals

BLD

Trek from Kayang to Phu village (4050m.) takes about 5 hours. Dropping steeply down to the river, you trek for a while along the river bank and past the “submarine” rock, passing some small possible campsites along the way. You start to see some of the unique, colorful Chortens for which Nar and Phu are famous. You have to walk carefully across a small glacial stream before reaching a larger one with a bridge only half covered with large slabs of slate. Another hour and a half of trekking through scenic canyon and gorges, you reach the Phu gate. This ancient gate provides you with you first view of the three villages of Phu, as well as an old “dzong” and the remains of the two forts, all now in ruins, but impressively situated atop the flatlands before Phu. Stay overnight in camp.

Max. altitude

4050m

Accomodation

Camp

Meals

BLD

Excursion around Phu valley. You can have interaction with locals and explore up the wide valley systems above you. You might walk up the valley to the summer grazing settlement or Kharka at Ngoru, a three hour’s walk past the gompa. Phu itself is an incredibly interesting village and you can observe the villagers spinning their yak and sheep wool and chat. Stay overnight in camp.

Max. altitude

4050m

Accomodation

Camp

Meals

BLD

Trek from Phu to Himlung Base Camp (4540m.). We will set our tents at Base Camp and prepare for the proposed Himung expedition. Surrounding view from Base Camp is mind-blowing. Stay overnight at camp.

Max. altitude

4540m

Accomodation

Camp

Meals

BLD

Climbing period of Himlung Mountain. It takes approximately 14 days from Base Camp to summit Mt. Himlung (7126m.) and return back to Base Camp. However, weather condition may affect your proposed plan. Teamwork, acclimatization, and well planned itinerary and safety measures are very integral aspects for successful climbing. Stay all nights in camp. 

Max. altitude

7126m

Accomodation

Camp

Meals

BLD

Trek from Base Camp to Phu valley takes about 4 hours. After packing your climbing equipment, you will start trekking down to a beautiful Phu village with beautiful memories of your climbing trip. Stay overnight in camp.

Max. altitude

4050m

Accomodation

Camp

Meals

BLD

Trek from Phu to Meta takes about 5 hours. You will mostly descending down today to a pasture land of 3560.m high. Stay overnight in camp.

Max. altitude

3560m

Accomodation

Camp

Meals

BLD

Trek from Meta to Koto takes about 6 hours. It is your final day of trekking to finish your Himlung expedition. Stay overnight at lodge.

Max. altitude

2630m

Accomodation

Lodge

Meals

BLD

Drive from Koto to Beshisahar (760m.) takes about 6 hours. You will drive on bumpy mountain road by jeep or bus. Stay overnight at lodge.

Max. altitude

760m

Accomodation

Lodge

Meals

BLD

Drive Beshisahar to Kathmandu takes about six hours. It is a picturesque drive on the way back to Kathmandu along the banks of the Marshyangdi and Trishuli rivers with splendid views of green hills, mountains, farming terraces and colorful villages on both sides of road. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Max. altitude

1400m

Accomodation

Hotel

Meals

Breakfast

Free day in Kathmandu for shopping and recreation. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Max. altitude

1400m

Accomodation

Hotel

Meals

Breakfast

As per your flight schedule, our airport representative will transfer from your hotel to the airport for your final departure. 

Max. altitude

1400m

Meals

Breakfast
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Includes

    a) Kathmandu

    Pick-up and drop-off service
    All airport pick-up and drop-off services by private vehicle

    Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu
    5 night hotel accommodation with breakfast

    Sightseeing in Kathmandu 
    One full day city sightseeing in and around Kathmandu valley with private A/C vehicle and English speaking tour guide including entrance fees

    Farewell Dinner 
    Farewell dinner in Kathmandu with live cultural performance at authentic Nepali restaurant on the last evening 

    Souvenir 


    b) Trekking and Climbing

    All permits
    Expedition royalty and permit from Government of Nepal to climb Himlung, entry permit for Annapurna Conservation Area (ACAP), and TIMS card 

    Liaison Officer
    1 Government Liaison officer with full equipment, salary, accommodation, transportation and insurance as per government rule 

    Garbage Management Fee
    Garbage transfer & garbage disposal fees

    Insurance
    Medical & Emergency rescue insurance for all involved Nepalese staffs during the entire trip as per government rule

    Member Transportation
    Kathmandu to Bhulbhule by public bus, Koto to Beshisahar by private jeep and Beshisahar to Kathmandu by public bus

    Expedition Stuffs Transportation
    All necessary equipment transportation from Kathmandu to Koto and Koto to Kathmandu by jeep and Koto-Base Camp-Koto by porters/yaks

    Member Luggage
    Up to 50 Kg per member for personal baggage during the trek carrying by porters /yaks

    Food 
    3 meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) including tea and coffee during the trek and Base Camp, appropriate foods for high altitude to all climbing crews at Base Camp and above

    Lodging
    Lodge based accommodation during the trek, and well-managed Base Camp set up for climbing members & Staff from Koto

    Porters
    Porter per member up to Base Camp from Koto and from Base Camp to Koto

    Base Camp Staffs
    Experienced and well-trained Base Camp Cook & kitchen helpers as per group size

    Staff Salary and allowance
    All involved Nepalese staffs & porter’s daily wages, salary, equipment, foods & clothing 

    Base Camp Tent
    Each member will have individual tent in Base Camp

    Base Camp equipment
    Foam mattresses and pillow per member, 1 Dinning tent, 1 Kitchen tent, 1 Communication tent, 1 Toilet & 1 Shower tents, 1 Staffs tent, 1 tent for Nepalese Base Camp staffs, store tents, Tables, chairs & all necessary cooking gears like Epi gas, high pots, stove, etc.

    Tents for High Camps
    All tents for Camp 1, 2, and 3 

    Heater
    Heater at Base Camp in each Dining and other necessary camp

    Solar/Generator
    1 Solar panel and generator for lights and battery charge for laptop and other electronic devices at Base Camp   

    High Altitude Climbing Sherpa
    Personal climbing guide/Sherpa (1 climbing member will have 1 climbing guide who is trained, experienced and Government license holder)
     
    Climbing Sherpa Salary & Allowance
    Salary, equipment, meals and clothing for climbing guide

    Bonus
    Carry bonus of Sherpas and route fixing charges 

    Oxygen (O2) Bottle as Back up Sets
    Back up Oxygen Cylinder, mask and regulator (with appropriate additional charge) at Base Camp

    High Camp Services
    High Altitude Tents, EPI gas, cooking pots, High altitude food for member, Sherpa and other crews at (C1), (C2), and (C3) 

    Ropes
    All required fixed and dynamic rope during the climbing

    Rope Fixing Team 
    The team of experienced Sherpa will fix the route in Everest (no extra charge will be applied to members)

    Satellite Phone 
    Satellite Phone for emergency communication available for members with appropriate charge 

    Walkie-Talkie
    Walkie –Talkie for communication from Base Camp to Mountain and Mountain to Base Camp

    Permits
    Satellite Phone / walkie-talkie permits

    First Aid Kit
    Comprehensive Medical kit for members and staffs

    Certificate
    Certificate (Himlung climbing certificate issued by Tourism Ministry after climbing Mt. Himlung successfully)

    Tax and VAT
    Tax, VAT and our service charge

Doesn't Include

    Lunch & Dinner
    Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu (also in case of early return from trekking / expedition than the scheduled itinerary)

    Extra night in Kathmandu
    Extra nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu (even in case of early arrival or late departure, early return from trekking / expedition due to any reason than the scheduled itinerary)

    Travel Insurance 
    Medical and personal high risk travel insurance which should cover helicopter evacuation cost and medical treatment cost incase required

    Rescue Evacuation
    Medical and emergency rescue evacuation cost if required (Rescue, Repatriation, Helicopter, Medication, Medical Tests and Hospitalization costs)

    Personal Expenses
    Telephone calls, internet, toiletries, battery recharge, hot shower, laundry, soft drinks, beers and any alcoholic beverages (However we will provide soft drinks for members at base camp)

    Personal Equipment
    Clothing, packing items or bags, personal medical kit, personal trekking /climbing Gears

    Toiletries
    Soaps, shampoos, toilet and tissue papers, toothpaste, and your other personal items used to keep yourself clean 

    Filming
    Permit fee for special filming by using camera or drone 

    Internet
    Internet service is available with extra charge during the trek and Base Camp  

    Summit Bonus
    Summit bonus for climbing Sherpa 

    Tips
    Tips for Base Camp and other involved staffs


    Service above Base Camp
    If you are taking just Base Camp services, then there will be zero service from company above base camp 

    Rope Fixing
    The cost for using fixed rope during the expedition will apply to Base Camp service users 

    Extra services 
    Any other services or activities which are not mentioned in the itinerary

Equipment List

Mountaineering Equipment
Crampons, Ice axe, Helmet, Harness, Lock and unlock Carabineers, Shovel, Climbing pack, Rope, Ski poles, Desender/abseil device, Jummer (Asender), Tapes, Prusik Loops, Rappel device, Hand Warmer (if possible)

Clothing and Wears
Trekking shoes with spare laces, Mountaineering Boots, Plastic or leather for mountaineering boots, Gore-Tex pants, Long shorts, Insulated Parka, Jumper, Waterproof Jackets, Down Jacket, Fleece Vest, Wool cap, Neck Gaiter, Gloves, Climbing Socks, Thermal Underwear, Sandals, Snow Goggle

Essential Gears
Backpack, Duffle bag, Sleeping Bag, sleeping pad, Tents

Gadgets
Map, Compass, Camera, GPS, Two way radios, Binoculars, Head Lamp, Flashlight

Sun Protection Items
Sun glasses, sun scream, Lip balm,

Medical
First aid Kit (Brufen / Ibuprofens, Antibiotic, Diamox, Paracetamol, Handy Plaster, Crack Bandage, Tincture Iodine, etc.)

Other Essentials
Energy Bars, Water bottle, Water Purification Tablets, Toiletries, Trekking poles, Pocket knife, raincoat, Satellite Phone, Altimeter

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